Unique Gifts for the Holidays part iv of iv
Comcast uses its foundation for positive philanthropy
The big day is a mere 10 days away and the opportunities to fill stockings are continuously fleeting. Mall parking lots are crammed with weekend traffic and Santa’s lap is getting tired. Nevertheless, Santa and La Vida Latina’s Unique Gifts Series continue on. In this fourth and final edition, we look at the Comcast Foundation and the many partnerships it has formed with some of Colorado’s charitable and education foundations.
Comcast Cares Day
The nation’s largest single-day corporate volunteer event is the brainchild of one of its largest corporations. Comcast Cares Day began in 2001 with 6,100 volunteers helping to improve 100 community sites. Now going into its 16th year, Comcast Cares Day boasts volunteer participation over 100,000 and has utilized that manpower to renovate neighborhoods and schools, plant trees and stock food banks in 39 states and the District of Columbia, as well as 21 countries.
In Colorado that effort was felt in Aurora Public Schools when APS celebrated the April 26 event with over 1,200 APS community members who joined Comcast volunteers to collaborate on projects at Jewell Elementary and Gateway High School. Volunteers assisted in painting classrooms and other schools facilities while taking on some outdoor improvement projects as well. The event marked the fourth consecutive year that APS and Comcast have partnered on Comcast Cares Day.
Additionally, Comcast representatives took notice of the volunteer efforts going on at APS in conjunction with Comcast Cares Day and presented the district with a grant of just over $20,000.
For years the Comcast Foundation has enjoyed a fruitful relationship with Boys and Girls Club of America, particularly with Boys and Girls Club of Metro Denver. Recently the Foundation provided local grants totaling $57,000 for technology programs benefiting Club members – including the technology and digital literacy programs that serve youth at the recently opened Suncor Boys and Girls Club in Commerce City.
Part of that technology and digital literacy can be found in the foundation’s launch of My.Future, a technology initiative designed to teach Club members about our digital world and ignite their passion for technology.
“Today’s young people are digital natives, born into a world where technology is ever-present and constantly changing,” said John L. Barry, Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver Chief Executive Officer in a release. “In order to ensure great futures for all our youth, it is our job to keep up to date with technology. With the support of Comcast NBCUniversal and launch of My.Future, our Club members will develop the technology skills needed to pursue promising careers and thrive in today’s digital world.”
My.Future is available to nearly 4 million youth served by more than 4,100 Boys and Girls Clubs across the country. The program allows Club members to select from more than 40 activities that reinforce digital literacy, including areas of exploring the web, communicating with others and building media.
“Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver makes a meaningful difference in the lives of kids every day by inspiring them to become productive, caring and responsible citizens,” said Rich Jennings, Senior Vice President of Comcast’s Mile High Region in a release. “Comcast NBCUniversal is proud to partner with them to launch My.Future – helping bridge the digital divide and develop the computer scientists, engineers, software developers and programmers of tomorrow.”
Comcast Digital Literacy Community Center
With www.STEMConnector.org projecting that STEM jobs in the U.S. are expected to grown nearly twice as fast as other fields by 2018, it is imperative that not only the workforce of tomorrow develop digital literacy skills, but the workforce of today as well.
With that in mind the Comcast Foundation contributed to the recently inaugurated the Mile High United Way Morgridge Center for Community Change in Denver’s Curtis Park neighborhood.
The facility includes the Comcast Digital Literacy Community Center, which gives local citizens and nonprofit organizations access to state-of-the-art technology and free training opportunities.